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Folsom’s Historic District launches inaugural Holiday Home Tour

By From page B2 | December 05, 2012

One of the fun traditions of the season is to visit homes decorated to the hilt for Christmas.
For many, many years, one had to either be a) well-connected to influential people to gain access to their homes, or b) drive outside the area. Well, no longer.
Last weekend five beautiful homes in El Dorado Hills opened their doors to the community to benefit the Assistance League of Sierra Foothills. This was the third year for this event that benefits families in need right here in El Dorado County. What an event that was! Everyone attending came away with the joy of Christmas in their hearts … a great way to kick off December.
Now, Folsom’s Historic District is joining the fun. This Friday and Saturday, Dec. 7 & 8, no fewer than seven historical structures will participate in the inaugural Historic Folsom Holiday Home Tour. The tour benefits the Folsom Historical Society and the Murer House Foundation.
Many of you attend the annual Folsom Garden Tour in the spring, so you know how delightful many of the gardens are in the Historic District. Well, here is your opportunity to actually walk into a few of those homes.
This tour is guaranteed to be chock full of architectural detail. Homes on the tour date from 1855 to 1925 and will delight architecture buffs, history enthusiasts and all lovers of Christmas decorating.
Folsom’s Victorian neighborhood invites you to step inside charming residences to get a unique glimpse of life from a bygone era — perhaps not so bygone, since the current residents are preserving these beauties for posterity. Wear comfortable walking shoes and, please, no cameras.
Mary Asay-Skiles, co-organizer of the event with Candy Miller, is very excited about this year’s tour.
“Many of our volunteers will be dressed in Victorian costume, so there is double to see. It will be very nice,” she said. “We have historic homes, St. John’s Historic Church is on the tour, and the Murer House and the Murer Museum are all on the tour. Your ticket includes admission and refreshments at the Folsom History Museum. My home is the tour this year. I will be in costume as well.”
Structures on the tour reflect the area’s rich heritage.
The St. John’s Historic Church is the oldest surviving structure in Folsom. Built in 1850, it pre-dates the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament in the state capital. No fewer than five congregations in the area, including El Dorado Hills’ Holy Trinity Parish, owe their founding to this little parish church.
The Murer House and museum chronicle the life of Giuseppe Murer, an Italian immigrant who influenced the architecture of Sutter Street. The Murer House celebrates both Murer and the Italian immigrants who brought their culture and talents to the tri-county area.
The Historic Folsom Holiday Home Tour is Friday, Dec. 7, and Saturday, Dec. 8, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets are $15 per person and are available at the Folsom History Museum on Sutter Street.
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Susan Laird


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